Our Board

The CNMA consists of two full-time staff members, two part-time employees, a  volunteer Board of Directors, and approximately 500 paid memberships. The current Board of Directors include:

Ken Kreie, Chair:

I am a lifetime Grand Valley resident. I graduated from Central High School and Colorado Mesa University. I spent 15 years doing environmental and engineering work for the oil and gas industry. Currently, I work for the Department of Energy managing sites in Mississippi, Nevada, Wyoming and Washington.

I have been married to my wife, Rachelle, for over 25 years, and we have two children. We have lived in Fruita since 2006.

In addition to currently serving on Fruita City Council, I also serve or have served on several boards including President of the Orchard Valley West HOA, the Elmwood Lateral Ditch Board, the City of Fruita Downtown Advisory Board, the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Energy and Economic Development Committee, and the Colorado Mesa University Unconventional Energy Center Advisory Committee.

I coordinate and promote concerts, comedy, and cultural events at the local performing arts venue in Downtown Fruita called Cavalcade. I helped start Cavalcade in 2011 and emcee our variety show that takes place the second Saturday of every month.

Mark Swain, Vice Chair:

Mark is the President of Networks Unlimited. He founded the company in 2001 after years in the technology industry. Mark has lived in Maryland, Spain, Washington DC, Germany, California, South Dakota, and Mississippi as a military brat. He met his wife Amy, a Grand Junction local, in college. After living in Seattle for a few years, they decided Grand Junction was a better place to raise their family. In his free time, you can find Mark hunting, mountain biking, snowboarding, and spending time with his family and friends. He is also a fantastic chef, who shares his gift with NU’s staff by cooking up breakfast and lunch when they’re good.

Lori Frank, Treasurer:

Lori is a fourth generation native Coloradan, born and raised in the Denver area.  Her husband’s family was from the Grand Valley and Paonia, so they decided to move to Grand Junction in 2019.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration (emphasis Accounting) as well as an M.S. in Management (minor in Accounting), both from University of Colorado, Denver.  She worked several years in accounting software consulting, six years as CFO of a charitable foundation and 13 years as Global Controller for the management company of a private equity firm.  Lori volunteers with FoodBank of the Rockies.  She hikes often with her husband in the Colorado National Monument and elsewhere on the western slope.  She enjoys kayaking, cycling, pickleball and walking her dogs.

Melinda Shishim, Secretary: Melinda is an attorney working for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She received her JD from Vermont Law School, and a BA in English from Fort Lewis College where she was a member of the road cycling team. She loves to travel and recently got engaged in Guatemala. She and her fiance have a cat and are awaiting the arrival of their new rescue pup. 

Debbie Kovalik, Member:  Debbie is a third generation Colorado Native, born in Denver, Colorado, graduated from The University of Northern Colorado and has worked in Television Media as a journalist, in marketing and advertising and began a career in Destination Marketing in Colorado Springs in 1985. In January of 1990, Debbie was hired as the First Executive Director of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau and served in that Leadership Roll for the City of Grand Junction for 28 years, until her Retirement in early 2018.

Working in Colorado Travel and Tourism for over 33 years, Debbie has first hand experience understanding the significant role that our National Parks, Monuments and US Forests play in the State’s Economy!
The Colorado National Monument continues to be a critical asset for the Grand Valley, Western Colorado and Visitors from around the Globe!

Michael Paxson, Member: Bio coming soon!

David Conner, Member: I have lived in Grand Junction for 34 years and have no plans on leaving the area. I have a wife of 18 years (Carrieann) and two kids – Mia, 16-year-old daughter and Spencer, 12-year-old son. We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and 4 wheeling all over the western slope of Colorado. I have a B.S. in computer science from Colorado Mesa University (Mesa State when I graduated). I have work for ProVelocity and its sister company OBJ Group for the last 8 ½ years helping business on the western slope with IT solutions and voice/internet needs. I have enjoyed being a Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Grand Junction for 4 ½ years, on several committees within the club and was a Boy Scout leader with my son.

Danni Langdon, Member: Danni’s background is in environmental science and ranch management.  She has resided for 24 years in a rammed earth house on Glade Park that she and Carl built mostly themselves.  Pastimes include hiking, biking, skiing, reading, advocating for wildlands, and enjoying her Border collies. The proximity of their property to the Monument (which they border) deepens Danni’s passion for the Monument and the ever-increasing need for protection of its beauty and resources.

Victor Ketellapper, Member: Victor Ketellapper moved to Colorado in 1984 to explore the Rocky Mountains through hiking, skiing and backpacking. Since moving to Colorado, Victor has explored Colorado and developed a passion for preserving and restoring our wild places.

Victor’s professional experience has focused on finding solutions to complex environmental problems through multiple stakeholder involvement. He developed this expertise by leading cleanups at Superfund Sites, guiding watershed assessment and restoration projects to improve water quality, supporting efforts for Good Samaritans to reclaim orphaned mine sites, and safely repurposing hazardous waste sites.

Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Davis, a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from California State University at Northridge and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Victor currently lives in Grand Junction with his wife, Terra. During his free time, you can find Victor hiking, backpacking, playing pickleball, or at the beach.

Kauai Fitt, Member:

Kauai Alpha Fitt grew up in Grand Junction and took full advantage of everything the Grand Valley had to offer! Fitt graduated with an Engineering degree on the Front Range and then accepted a job that moved her to Alaska.

Fitt spent over a decade in the Construction Management industry as an on-site Project Engineer. She was fortunate to work on some amazing projects including Fish Hatcheries, University Sports Complexes, Hospitals and International Airports.

As side projects, the Fitts began purchasing investment properties and quickly found that they enjoyed real estate much more than just a hobby, so Fitt decided to become a REALTOR®.

After 13 years of living in Alaska, Fitt, her husband and two boys missed the sunshine and decided to move back closer to family in the “Lower 48”. Grand Junction is Fitt’s home and always has been! There is no place in the world that she would rather raise their boys and play outdoors!

Colorado National Monument Association board meeting are held once each month, typically 4:00-6:00 pm on the third Monday afternoon of the month, at Western Colorado Community College.  Call the executive director or any board member for current details.  Colorado National Monument Association  970-858-3617 ext 360